Michael Franklin Sheridan

Private First Class
United States Marine Corps
07 February 1951 - 10 August 1969
Atglen, PA
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Michael F Sheridan

Purple Heart, National Defense, Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign

The database page for Michael Franklin Sheridan

My mother and sister went to visit Michael during training at Parris Island. They met a good friend of Michael's and have home movies of Michael and this friend. We have lost contact with him and would love to hear from him. Please contact Judi at imjeritaxi@aol.com  

Our brother Michael was born in Coatesville, Pennsylvania, but lived for a few years in Atglen, PA, before going into the service. He was engaged to a girl from Parkesburg, Beverly Taylor, when he was killed in Vietnam in August 1969. She wrote this poem for Michael:


Bicycles down the back alley
brushed burned hands and knees.
Secret forts in the woods
almost burned down.

Summer birthday parties
a foot in the cake.
Throwing stones and running
away with friends.

Almost missed the school bus
with a guy I wouldn't talk to.
Sledding down around the turn
walking back, turning blue.

Boy next door
First date, first kiss, scared to death.
Lockers in the hallway
Spanish class disaster.

High school prom and Christmas ball,
New true love and graduation.
Dead on battlefield in Vietnam,
My childhood now has ended.


We miss you a lot, our brother...

Judi, Shirl, Elaine, and Frankie

Michael F Sheridan

The photo was taken from "Venture," Octorara Area Junior/Senior Yearbook of 1967, tenth grade section.

The following article appeared in the Daily Local News, West Chester, PA, on 08-19-69:

An 18-year-old Marine, son of an Atglen family, died August 10 while on patrol near Vandergrift Marine Base, Vietnam.

PFC Michael F. Sheridan, son of Mr. and Mrs. Franklin M. Sheridan of 427 Rosemont Ave., Atglen, was killed by an enemy mortar barrage. He was sent to Vietnam June 1 after serving in Cuba.

PFC Sheridan entered the Marine Corps in May of 1968 after attending Octorara Area High School. He received his basic training at Parris Island, SC, and was transferred to Camp Lejeune, NC.

A native of Coatesville (PA), he lived in the steel city until four years ago, when his family moved to Atglen. Besides his parents, he is survived by three sisters, Judy, Shirley and Elaine Sheridan; a brother, Frank, and a foster-sister, Mary Ann Bristow, all at home: also his grandmothers, Mrs. Norma Sheridan, of W. Palm Beach, FL, and Mrs. Bertha Ellis, of Philadelphia (PA)."


From a native Philadelphian and Marine,
Jim McIlhenney

Notes from The Virtual Wall Note

During the summer of 1969 the North Vietnamese Army made repeated attempts to drive Allied forces from the heights of Mutter's Ridge, which formed a portion of the southern boundary of the DMZ. On 10 August Echo Company, 2/3 Marines, lost at least 17 men in heavy fighting near Hill 484.

PFC Michael Sheridan was one of the Marines who died that day. He, and the other men who died during the Mutter's Ridge battles of 10 August and 17/18 September, are listed on the

The Virtual Wall's Mutter's Ridge Memorial

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Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
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